DPCC REPRESENTATIVES PLEASE REVIEW PRIOR TO DPCC MEETING ON DECEMBER 3, 2013

PROPOSED RESOLUTION REGARDING OVERRELIANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTING
CALLING UPON THE BOE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH APPROXIMATELY 80 OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN NYS IN OPPOSITION TO THE OVERRELIANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTING AND/OR THE NEW YORK STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS TO STOP THE OVERRELIANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS AS A MEASURE OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PRINCIPAL/TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS.

WHEREAS, every student deserves a quality public education dedicated to preparing engaged citizens, creative and critical thinkers and lifelong learners ready for college and careers; and WHEREAS, the decline in state support for public schools has forced our district to reduce programs and limited our ability to implement programs mandated by the State ; and WHEREAS, standardized testing is eroding student learning time by 20-25% each year, resulting in a narrowing of the curriculum and jeopardizing the rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve; and WHEREAS, evidence does not yet support the reliability or validity of the state’s standardized assessments; and WHEREAS, we support assessments as one means of gauging student performance and teacher effectiveness, but research recommends the use of multiple measures; and WHEREAS, the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s testing policies fail to appropriately accommodate the unique needs of students with disabilities and English language learners in assessing their learning, resulting in test scores that do not accurately represent a true measure of the abilities of these students; and WHEREAS, the assessments of students with disabilities and English language learners do not accurately represent the contributions of teachers and adversely impacts the schools which welcome them; and WHEREAS, it is time for policymakers to recalibrate the number, duration, and appropriate use of standardized tests so that our schools can focus their efforts on student learning; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that we call upon the Buffalo Board of Education and the Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools to support the limiting of assessments to the minimum necessary to inform teaching and learning; and, be it further RESOLVED, that we call upon the Commissioner of Education, the NYS Board of Regents, the NYSED Board of Regents Chancellor, and other policymakers to reduce the use of and overreliance on, standardized testing: and, be it further RESOLVED, that we call upon the U.S. Congress and the Administration to reduce federal testing mandates and support the role of and focus on multiple measures of student learning and school quality in accountability systems. PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS _____ day of ______________, ________ during a District Parent Coordinating Council meeting by the following vote: AYES: _____ NOES: _____ Attest: _______________________________ _______________________________ Samuel Radford III, President

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